Univision's Jorge Ramos temporarily detained in Venezuela during Nicolás Maduro interview

Univision's Jorge Ramos temporarily detained in Venezuela during Nicolás Maduro interview

Univision's Jorge Ramos temporarily detained in Venezuela during Nicolás Maduro interview

The Venezuelan media trade union said at least 30 journalists and workers for media outlets were detained in the first two months of 2019.

Sanders' comments followed news that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and his production crew were detained in Caracas following an interview with Maduro. In the Facebook video, Ramos expressed doubt he would ever get his equipment or his interview materials back, noting "they don't want the world to see". He said he and the other crew members were forced to provide passcodes for their cell phones, which were never returned. They were interviewing Nicolas Maduro but he didn't like the questions.

Univision claimed the President stopped the interview after being shown a video of young Venezuelans eating from a garbage truck. "If Maduro is not a coward, if Maduro has the trousers to show his face, then he should show the complete interview".

According to Ramos, Maduro tried to grab his iPad and as he walked away, Ramos told him he was not behaving like a president, but like a dictator. In recent years, local and foreign reporters have accused the government of taking their equipment or forcing them to delete all the content.

Ramos, a veteran anchor born in Mexico, said he asked Mr Maduro about the lack of democracy in Venezuela, the torture of political prisoners and the country's humanitarian crisis. They left on a midday flight to Miami, according to Reuters witnesses.

Mr. Ramos, a dual citizen of Mexico and the USA, was interviewing Mr.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter the Government had in the past welcomed hundreds of journalists to the Miraflores presidential palace, but it did not support "cheap shows" put on with the help of the US Department of State.

Mr Ramos has previously angered one of Mr Maduro's strongest critics: United States president Donald Trump, who famously had the journalist removed from a news conference on the campaign trail in 2015 when he asked about his anti-immigrant views toward Mexicans.

The Committee to Protect Journalists released a statement on Tuesday afternoon condemning the detention.

"The crew of six Univision Noticias journalists headed by Jorge Ramos was released after being held at the Miraflores Palace for almost three hours on the orders of Nicolas Maduro", the network added. "Their technical equipment was also confiscated".

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